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Pain Awareness Month: Why You Might See #PainCounts This September

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Throughout September the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) raises awareness on pain and pain management. This year’s theme is “Research Pain. Manage Pain.” focusing on approaches to improving pain care. The Importance of Pain Awareness Month Around eight million Canadians live with chronic pain.  Chronic pain can have a profound effect on […]

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Networking, values key drivers in building vitality early in medical careers

Identifying your personal and organizational values and building a community are all strategies to develop vitality in careers in medicine, according to a speaker at the Women in Medicine Summit.
H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, explained that vitality is a combination of high energy, creativity and engagement, with the latter being “the willingness to contribute to organizational success.”
“When you’re most engaged, you feel like you want to help [the organization] to be better,”

Eight stories for National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to end the stigma and recognize the disproportionate and ongoing impact of HIV/AIDS on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
The initiative was launched by the National Association of People with AIDS in 2008 and is observed every year on Sept. 27.
According to the CDC, of the 34,800 estimated new HIV infections reported in the U.S. in 2019, 24,500 (70%) were among gay and bisexual men. Despite accounting for this large proportion of new infections, the CDC reported that out of every 100 gay and bisexual men diagnosed

KDIGO report questions use of iron, raises concerns of inflammation with new anemia drugs

While clinical trials have shown hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors to be non-inferior to other anemia drugs, questions remain about IV or oral iron supplementation and inflammation, according to a new report.
“The current data do not suggest that hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors will reduce the need for iron supplementation, but all of the trials to date were not designed to answer this question,” Elaine Ku, MD, a co-chair of the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes Controversies Conference report on novel anemia therapies in chronic

Younger age at heart failure diagnosis tied to dementia risk

Adults diagnosed with HF before age 65 years were 67% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia during 12 years of follow-up compared with adults diagnosed at age 75 years or older, suggesting careful neurocognitive monitoring is needed.
“As a highly vascularized organ, the brain is particularly vulnerable to disruption in cerebral blood flow and even subclinical dysfunction in cardiac output could contribute to cognitive decline and subsequent dementia,” Fanfan Zheng, PhD, of the School of Nursing at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, and colleagues wrote in the study

Enovis to acquire LimaCorporate in €800 million transaction

Enovis Corporation has announced a definitive agreement to acquire LimaCorporate S.p.A. for a total of €800 million in cash and common stock, according to a company press release.
The release noted Enovis will pay €700 million in cash and €100 million in Enovis common stock within 18 months of closing in exchange for the acquisition of LimaCorporate.
“We are confident the acquisition of Lima will enable us to build on our strong growth trajectory and global leadership in orthopedic solutions to create immediate and sustainable value for our patients, customers, employees

VIDEO: Future of contact lenses will involve augmented, virtual reality

LAS VEGAS — Contact lenses of the future will go beyond vision correction, a speaker from the Vision Expo West Global Contact Lens Forum said in this Healio video.
Lyndon Jones, BSc, PhD, DSc, FCAHS, FCOptom, DipCLP, DipOrth, FAAO, FIACLE, FBCLA, director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education at the University of Waterloo, shared highlights of a presentation on the latest developments in contact lenses as well as future possibilities.
In addition to continuing improvements in silicone hydrogels, daily disposables, myopia management and specialty contacts, Jones said contact

Good results seen with IC-8 Apthera IOL in eyes with complex corneas

VIENNA — The IC-8 Apthera IOL provides good uncorrected vision in eyes with complex corneas, allowing for a high degree of spectacle independence, according to a study.
Multifocal IOLs are not suitable for all patients, particularly for those who have corneas with complex aberrations due to previous refractive surgery, keratoconus or corneal scars, Jodhbir Mehta, MBBS, PhD, said at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.
If these patients seek spectacle independence, the IC-8 Apthera IOL (Bausch + Lomb), which extends the range of vision based on the principle of

Patients with osteoarthritis foot symptoms at increased risk for death

Among older adults enrolled in an osteoarthritis cohort, those with foot symptoms such as pain and stiffness demonstrated a higher risk for death vs. those without foot symptoms, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research.
“Foot symptoms may contribute to less physical activity and loss of physical function, which over time could lead to factors that impact mortality, including comorbid conditions from increasing body mass, or falls from muscle weakness, or impaired balance,” Skylar Harmon, BA, a medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

VIDEO: Infuse empathy, care in digital patient interaction

VIENNA — Empathy and a caring environment are core in the practice of medicine, and this also applies to the way physicians interact with patients digitally, according to Vance Thompson, MD.
“Leveraging digital tools can not only help the practice be more efficient and deliver health care at a lower cost but also make for a more positive patient education experience,” he said at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting.
Keys to a positive and caring digital experience are making it as simple as possible, choosing the right time and cadence to deliver